K-12 Game-a-thon Terms and Conditions


The Game-a-thon is open to teams of one or more participants from across the United States. The team facilitator (teacher, parent or other adult) must be over 18 years of age and willing to communicate with Game-a-thon coordinators on behalf of the team.

MIND Research Institute employees and members of their immediate family are not eligible to win prizes.
International participants may enter, but are eligible for digital prizes and recognition only.

Game Design Rules: 

  • Entries must be complete and received by July 16, 2018. 
  • Entries must be submitted in English.
  • Individuals may not be a member of more than one team. 
  • One team may submit only one entry.
  • The team coach or teacher may direct multiple teams of students.
  • All content must be consistent with the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) “Everyone” rating category.
  • Games must be free to play and may not include existing, copyrighted or trademarked characters or ideas.
  • Games must be original, and designed and developed entirely by students.
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube™.
  • Videos must adhere to the YouTube Community Guidelines.
  • Signed Media Release Forms for each team participant must be uploaded as part of the submission.

Entries that do not conform to the guidelines, or that are considered vulgar, obscene, offensive, discriminatory in intent or practice, or are otherwise inconsistent with the mission or reputation of MIND Research Institute may be eliminated from the online gallery of game videos, and will not be eligible to participate in the annual Math Fair K-12 Game-a-thon exhibit. Moreover, MIND Research Institute reserves the right to reject or eliminate any entries from the online gallery for any reason or no reason in its sole and absolute discretion.


A team of educators, mathematicians and game designers will review and evaluate all submissions. Evaluation criteria will include considerations for Use of Math Themes (40%), Creative Game Design/Material Use (30%), Originality (20%), Video Presentation (10%).

Prizes and Recognition:
MIND will feature all eligible submissions in an online video gallery for public sharing. Each team member will receive a certificate of participation.

Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of MIND Research Institute.

Media Information:
In any media or public communications, MIND Research Institute will not share individual student identities. Game-a-thon submissions may be identified by the team name, school, district, and/or the name of the teacher/team coach.

Please note that by submitting an application form and a link to the video, the coach and team members are dedicating the game to the public and further agree and allow MIND Research Institute to copy, modify, reproduce, promote and distribute the games for noncommercial distribution, and feature the games on its websites and social media sites. By submitting an application form and a link to the video, the coach and team members waive any rights over his or her image or likeness, and any rights of attribution or claims of authorship with respect to the game.

Contact Information:
Any questions may be directed to gameathon@mindresearch.org or mailed to:
K-12 Game-a-thon
MIND Research Institute
111 Academy, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92617


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